Wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies such as the dedicated short range communication (DSRC) may be used to assist drivers in sensing and responding to impalpable information such as the precise acceleration of vehicles ahead. In this paper, we investigate the impact of delayed acceleration feedback on traffic flow using a nonlinear car-following model. It is shown that acceleration feedback can improve the stability of uniform traffic flow, though excessive acceleration feedback leads to undesired high frequency oscillations. Additionally, time delays in the communication channel may shrink the stable domain by introducing mid-frequency oscillations. Finally, we show that one may stabilize vehicle platoons using delayed acceleration feedback even in cases when finite driver reaction time would destabilize the system. Our results may lead to more robust cruise control systems with increased driver comfort in connected vehicle environment.

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